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What are the maximum grades i can get if i revise purely from the cgp revision guides?
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What subjects?
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Biology , Chemistry and Physics all Edexcel Higher
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It's not that there's a maximum grade if you study solely from the revision guides, but for mathematical and scientific subjects especially I would advise you practice using past papers as well so that you can gain familiarity with doing questions yourself rather than just looking at worked examples. It's easy to look at something and think that you understand it - it's an entirely different kettle of fish to then apply that information to an unfamiliar context
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Definitely top grades. GCSE Science are basically all about memorisation and the CGP guides go into enough detail (despite what teachers will tell you) for near full marks. I advise doing some past paper questions too because the examiners will throw in similar types of questions each year, so knowing how to answer them in advance is a big help, especially as some require quite specific terminology which you may not otherwise think to put in. On the whole though CGP guides are fine for GCSE Science. I got 8s this way, so I obviously must have been doing something right!
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I basically only revised from the CGP guides for Physics and Biology and got an 8 but in Chemistry I used the CGP guide as well as the examboard textbook and got a 9 soo... I would recommend using the CGP guide mainly but if you feel like something is vague in it maybe double check with the textbook! Good luck
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But make sure you consolidate your knowledge with past paper questions!
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9s lol, that's the main way I got 9s in science.
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For biology & physics, you can do really well by revising off the CGP alone. The CGP is really summarised & only has key points - and it is these key points and keywords which get you marks in the exam! GCSE science is mostly about memorisation & regurgitation of facts anyways. Chemistry, however, is more about understanding; just reading the CGP won't be enough. I recommend reading the textbook & watching videos, and then writing your own notes for chem to ensure that you understand the processes going on.
For me, I wrote detailed notes for biology and chemistry, and I managed to do decently (got 9s for both of them).
For physics, I didn't have time to write notes; I hadn't written any notes for the subject at all over the two year course & the exam was close to my music and english exams, which I cared a lot about. Therefore, I only had the CGP to get me through the exam and I was very, very worried. Turns out that it worked - I got a 9 too, and funny enough, I had the highest raw mark for physics out of chem & bio! Proves that the CGP is good enough; don't bother writing detailed notes like I did.. Waste of time that could've been better spent doing past paper questions imo.
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It's not that there's a maximum grade if you study solely from the revision guides, but for mathematical and scientific subjects especially I would advise you practice using past papers as well so that you can gain familiarity with doing questions yourself rather than just looking at worked examples. It's easy to look at something and think that you understand it - it's an entirely different kettle of fish to then apply that information to an unfamiliar context
How well would i do if i do practice papers and make revision notes from my cgp revision guide ?
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I revised Biology mostly from revision guide and got an A
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9s lol, that's the main way I got 9s in science.
what else did you do to achieve 9s
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How well would i do if i do practice papers and make revision notes from my cgp revision guide ?
I think if you did both and understood what you were doing, then you could definitely do very well
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what else did you do to achieve 9s
I read the cap book, done all the questions on the 9-1 work book, then I bought the 8-9 workbook and done all the questions on that, then I completed the specimen papers, then I done all the sample papers and past papers. It doesn't sound like a lot, but it's a lot
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I would suggest not using revision guides alone — if you have comprehensive textbooks, they often go into a lot more detail, and definitely help to make the bridge between GCSE and A Level smaller if you intend to do Science A Levels.

I wouldn’t say there’s a ‘top grade’ you can get by using revision guides, but I would say that for e.g. an A* you’d need to know close to 100% of the revision guide, whereas 70-80% of a textbook for the same grade. It really depends how you learn best, how much time you have, how interested you are in Science and whether you intend to study them further. As others have suggested though, I’d recommend doing some past paper questions in addition to using a revision guide/textbook. Good luck with your exams!
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I revised Biology mostly from revision guide and got an A
Is this with the 9-1 spec
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